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16th Annual Sharp HospiceCare Regatta Raises $400,000

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Funds Will Support ‘Homes for Hospice’ Program in San Diego, Offering Unique Home-Like Setting for Patients with Life-Limiting Illness

SAN DIEGO — The 16th annual Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Dinner and Regatta netted $400,000 from its twoday event, held Aug. 24 and 25, 2018. Along with Sharp HospiceCare, the event was hosted by Coronado Yacht Club and Cortez Racing Association. This year’s event co-chairs were Kathy Bongiovanni and Sherri Summers. Top event sponsors included an anonymous donor and Horizon Oxygen and Medical Equipment, Inc. The funds will help offset unfunded patient care and supplemental patient programs, such as music therapy, healing touch and the We Honor Veterans program. The event also supports Sharp HospiceCare’s Homes for Hospice program, which offers a unique environment for patients with a life-limiting illness, to meet their needs in a comfortable home setting. “The community’s enduring support for what we do is truly humbling,” says Suzi K. Johnson, vice president of Sharp HospiceCare. “We are honored

to have the opportunity to care for our patients and their families when they need us most. The generous donations from the Regatta help us further our mission to provide this type of specialized care to all those in the community who need it.” The festivities kicked off Friday evening at Hotel del Coronado, with a pre-race dinner and silent auction attended by 550 guests, followed by the regatta on Saturday at Coronado Yacht Club, where 750 guests enjoyed lunch, dinner and music. Guests also cruised along San Diego Bay aboard 40 spectator yachts for a breathtaking view of the bay and racecourse, as 53 race boats in nine classes competed in the regatta. The overall regatta winner was the sailboat A4, skippered by Scot Tempesta. The A4 crew will have the opportunity to compete in the 2019 National Hospice Regatta Alliance. Second place overall winner was Andrew Picel on his sailboat, Arsenal. In addition, 16-year-old River

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Paquin, skipper of the sailboat Elusive, won the Greg Walker Memorial Cup. The award has been given each year to a Coronado Yacht Club racer in memory of 2014 Coronado Yacht Club Commodore Greg Walker, who passed away late that year at Sharp HospiceCare’s ParkView hospice residence. Sharp HospiceCare is a notfor-profit, Medicare-certified organization, dedicated to providing comfort and compassion with end-of-life support for patients and their families. Sharp HospiceCare is accredited by the Joint Commission, and is affiliated with the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association, and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. To learn more, visit www.sharp. com/hospice. Sharp HealthCare, San Diego’s most comprehensive health care delivery system, is recognized for clinical excellence in cardiac, cancer, multi-organ transplantation, orthopedics, rehabilitation,

EL CAJON — Members of the East County community gathered in the parking lot of Newbreak Church in El Cajon earlier this month to participate in the East County Food Distribution and Health Screening event hosted by Feeding the Flock, a ministry group founded by Debra Childers and Neighborhood Healthcare, a non-profit community health organization. At the event, volunteers from Feeding the Flock distributed free food while volunteers from Neighborhood Healthcare distributed healthcare kits. The food distribution was scheduled to begin at noon but by 11:30 a.m., there was already a line that extended from the back parking lot to the front of the church. As people anxiously waited for the food distribution to begin, the volunteers enthusiastically organized the food and prepared to be assigned to stations. Health services such as dental and blood pressure screenings were also provided. Childers passionately shared, “Without food, nobody is going to be well. 38 years ago, we started by just helping homeless in parks, and now we provide food to anyone who does not have food security.” The food distribution included items such a beans, vegetables, rice, spaghetti, fruit, frozen meat, and eggs. “The best part is seeing people’s faces after they get their food,” said Childers. California State Senator Joel Anderson awarded the volunteers with Senate certificates to recognize them for their hard work and selflessness. He stated, “I am grateful to leaders like Debra who unite our community under a common goal to prove a helping hand to those in need. The incredible success of this event and her nearly four decades of work is thanks to her passion to serve others.” To learn more about Feeding the Flock, contact Debra Childers at (619) 631-8704 or at feedingtheflock@gmail.com.

On The Cover LAKESIDE — El Capitan High School Vaqueros vs Christian High School Patriots varsity football kicked off their first game on Thursday, Aug. 16 at El Capitan Stadium in Lakeside. Christian Patriots beat El Capitan Vaqueros, 47-7 Cover: Rob Riingen Cover design: Dee Dean / The East County Herald

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August 19, 2018 Dear Herald Family, Community Partners, Contributors, Supporters, and Friends: It is with mixed emotions and a heavy heart that I announce my retirement with The Herald as of Sept. 6, 2018, due to my on-going battle with Multiple Sclerosis. That date will be the first edition of our 20th year. I was determined to make it to 20 years. That will also be the last edition of The Herald. I know I should have retired a couple years ago, however, as some of you may know, I can be stubborn. I also know what you’re thinking, ‘Wow, 25 years old seems awfully young to retire!’ However this body is screaming 85. I’m very proud of the beautiful photojournalism publication that has become a staple in our community. My goal has always been to give coverage and bring recognition to the non-profits, charity organizations, service clubs, chambers of commerce and all the pageants in East County that went severely under-recognized for years. I think I have achieved that. I could never have accomplished this alone and I humbly thank my Herald family for the years of dedication, commitment and love. You are The East County Herald. I am honoured to have known and worked with each and everyone of you; especially Bob Howell, Jay Renard, Stephanie Lortt, Steve Hamann, Pastor Drew, Steve Dolan, Thomas D. Elias, Fred Cicetti, Rick Griffin, Sheila Buska, Ron Cook, Monica Zech, Dr. Joyce Swineheart Moore, Rob Riingen, Dr. Cindy Miles, Kathy Foster, the late Greg Eichelberger, the late Chuck Hansen and all the photographers and contributors to The Herald over the years. I would also like to thank all of The Herald’s Community Partners, without which The Herald would not have existed for 20 years. I would especially like to thank first and foremost, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, many of whom have become family to me. I am forever grateful for your partnership and undying loyalty. Additionally, I would like to thank The Sycuan Band of The Kumeyaay Nation, The Barona Band of Mission Indians, Grossmont Healthcare District, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Home of Guiding Hands, San Diego Opera, Hooleys Public House, Stoney’s Kids Legacy, Alpine Creek Center, Grossmont Community College, True Value, Clifton Mercedes, Grossmont Shopping Center, Lions, Tigers & Bears, Kiwanis Club of Alpine, Dr. John Hackett, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the many other community partners of The Herald throughout the years. My apologies for not naming all of our partners. You know who you are and trust me, so do I. Finally, I would like to thank the community as a whole.....the readers, the fans of The Herald. You rocked my world for 20 years and I can’t adequately express how thankful I am for each and every one of you. It is my hope that you will remember The Herald fondly and smile. All the Best, Dee Dean, Owner

any of California’s vital energy, water and air quality decisions of the last few years may have been made in secret meetings involving Gov. Jerry Brown’s office and his appointed heads of key state agencies. That revelation emerges from previously withheld emails released by the California Public Utilities Commission in response to a court order obtained by a San Diego consumer attorney who has fought some of its most important rulings. The released emails cover several months in 2014, and some remain undisclosed, but there are no denials of the secret meetings from anyone in state government, and they apparently continue. There is disagreement about whether these sessions violate California’s open meetings law, designed to ensure decisions are made in full public view. The gatherings include aides to the governor and the heads of the PUC, the state Energy Commission, the state Air Resources Board, the state Water Resources Control Board and board members of the Independent System Operator, in charge of California’s electric grid. The emails also strikingly reveal that the top regulators meet frequently in private with high executives of major utilities they regulate. Meetings sometimes include division chiefs with the state agencies. The group, calling itself the Energy Principals, also meets with executives and officials of renewable energy companies like those building huge solar thermal energy plants in the state’s vast deserts. But there is no indication consumer groups or their representatives have ever been included. Subject matter for meetings during the relatively short time period covered by the court order included an infamous and since-revised agreement reached in a secret 2013 meeting in Warsaw, Poland, between then-PUC President Michael Peevey and the Southern California Edison Co. That deal, summarized by Peevey on a hotel napkin, assessed consumers about 70 percent of the almost $5 billion cost for closing the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Other topics included renewable energy issues and “peaker” electricity plants used only during power shortages. There is no evidence any decisions reached by the Energy Principals group were ever changed by any state agency involved. “Essentially, they’ve collapsed the four big energy and water agencies into a single group organized out of the governor’s office,” said Michael Aguirre, the former elected city attorney of San Diego whose demands produced the previously-secret emails. “I’ve sent letters demanding they give public notice of these meetings.” Some meetings during the time period covered by the emails were held in Peevey’s house in the posh Los Angeles suburb of La CanadaFlintridge and in the home of air board chair Mary Nichols in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles. The PUC was the only agency commenting on the meetings, with spokeswoman Terrie Prosper implying in an email that the Energy Principals group still meets regularly. “Discussions among the leaders of various agencies must occur…to ensure the state properly manages resources and considers the needs of California,” she said in an email. And a spokesman for Brown told a reporter that “It’s a basic function of government for agencies to work cooperatively.” Prosper insisted public notice of the meetings is not required under California’s open meeting law, the Ralph M. Brown Act. But a 2003 public analysis of the Brown Act by then-Attorney General Bill Lockyer found the law covers “standing committees of a legislative body.” Agencies like those in the Energy Principals group have long been considered legislative bodies under the Brown Act and do give advance notice of meetings. It’s difficult to see how a group of agency heads that has met regularly for years would not be called a “standing committee.” But Prosper defended the group’s secrecy by saying “There was never a quorum of PUC members present.” “One question this brings up is how broad is the practice of secret meetings?” said Aguirre. “There is no way these meetings should be held in secret.” But they have been, and no one knows how long that’s gone on. The bottom line: Agency heads should indeed meet and coordinate their actions, but from now on, they need to do it publicly and provide plenty of advance notice, as the law seems to require.

Elias has covered esoteric votes in eight national political conventions. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. His opinions are his own. Email Elias at tdelias@aol.com


The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti Depleting and Receding Hairline

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loss. Androgenetic Alopecia, or pattern baldness, is the most common type of alopecia; it affects about onethird of us. I’m in that third with you. Men start to get pattern baldness at the hairline and crown. This can lead to complete baldness. Women’s hair loss is usually limited to thinning; they rarely go totally bald.

There are a few steps you can take to preserve your hair: 1.) Avoid tight hairstyles that pull on the hair. So, forget braids, ponytails, cornrows and tight hair rollers. The pulling causes some hair loss, especially along the sides of the scalp. This type of hair loss is called traction alopecia. If the pulling scars the scalp, it can cause permanent hair loss. 2.) Brushing or combing too much can break hair, so keep them to a minimum. Use combs with wide teeth and brushes with smooth tips. Wet hair is more fragile than dry hair, so show care when you do your hair after a shower. 3. Shampooing too often is bad for your hair. Use a cream rinse or conditioner after shampooing to make it easier to comb. And don’t dry your hair by rubbing it with a towel. 4. Don’t use hot-oil hair treatments or chemicals in permanents. These may cause inflammation of the hair follicles, which can lead to hair loss. There are about 100,000 hairs in the average scalp. About 100 hairs are lost from your head every day. Each individual hair survives for an average of 4 1/2 years and grows about a half inch a month. In its 5th year, the hair usually falls out and is replaced within 6 months by a new one. We lose hair as we age. Pattern baldness affects many more men than women. About 25 percent of men begin to bald by the time they are 30 years old, and about two-thirds have at least a balding pattern by age 60. Androgenetic alopecia is caused by heredity; a history of it on either side of your family increases your risk of balding. Medicines may help slow or prevent the development of common baldness. Rogaine is available without a prescription. It is applied to the scalp. Both men and women can use it. Propecia is available with a prescription. It comes in pills and is only for men. It may take up to six months before you can tell if one of these medicines is working. Hair transplants and scalp reduction surgery are available to treat androgenetic alopecia when more conservative measures have failed. During transplantation a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon takes tiny plugs of skin, each containing one to several hairs, from the back or side of your scalp. The plugs are then implanted into the bald sections. Scalp reduction, as the name implies, means decreasing the area of bald skin on your head.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

New Subtype of Multiple Sclerosis Discovered

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niversity of Melbour ne researchers have found a way to rebuild damaged nerve coverings that cause Multiple Sclerosis. Finding ways to restore the myelin sheath is recognised as important to preventing the progression of disability in MS patients. Researcher Jessica Fletcher led the team who made the discovery and their findings are published in the Journal of Neuroscience. “Your brain runs on electricity. And, like electrical wires, your nervous system needs insulation. These nerves are covered

by an insulating sheath called myelin that is vital to the normal functioning of our nervous system,” Dr Fletcher said. “But for those people affected by diseases like MS, this insulating myelin is destroyed by the immune system – leading to significant nerve dysfunction as well as slowed or blocked nerve conduction between the brain and the rest of the body.” Dr Fletcher said the team successfully used a synthetic compound to stimulate a receptor pathway to promote remyelination in the brain. “There’s nothing currently available to help with myelin sheath repair.

ddean@echerald.com The beauty of what our team has done is taken what naturally occurs in healthy cells and used that to manipulate a similar response in damaged cells,” she said. “It’s very basic foundation research to show that this idea can work.” Dr Fletcher said this was early-stage research and any medical application to the discovery would be a long way off. Source: University of Melbourne

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 31 years. She continually studies and researches the disease to educate herself. She writes this column as a community service to share her findings and to raise public awareness about MS. The opinions and experiences shared are her own. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only. Dean can be reached at ddean@echerald.com. Dean is the recipient of the 2004 STAR Community Outreach Award by the MS Society Dec. 2, 2004, the American Red Cross Real Hero Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award, Oct. 13, 2006 , the Stoney Community Service Award, February 29, 2008, Women in Leadership Award for Art/Media/ Culture Oct. 29, 2010, El Cajon Citizen of The Year Nominee Feb. 2013 and 2017 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series examining the reasons Jesus said what He said. In this series we will examine many statements J e s u s made during His time here on earth and then look at the reason for which He made the statement. When Jesus spoke, He spoke the Word of God and the Bible tells us the purpose and function of the Word of God: 2Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work.” Hebrews 4:12-13 “For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight, but all things are naked and opened to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” Everything that Jesus spoke was for a reason; He wasted no words; did not talk merely to talk like some do today. Many times we are told very clearly the reason for which He said what He did, other times we must search deeper. In Matthew 5:13-16 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” These verses are part of what is often referred to as the Sermon on the Mount which are found in Matthew 5-7. First we need to understand to whom this was spoken, it was spoken to His disciples, those who had chosen to follow Jesus and learn from Him; to become like Him. Jesus says the same words to all that will follow Him today also, neither He or His words has changed. Jesus says this because as a follower of Christ, my life: how I live, talk, act, what I value, my perspective on life is to be like that of Christ and thus have a profound effect upon the culture that I live, much like the effect salt and light had in His day. Salt served many different purposes, it was an antiseptic; a preservative; added flavor to food; a necessity to the human body; created thirst. When a person cut themselves, salt would be rubbed on the wound to guard against the wound from becoming septic. When an animal was slaughtered for food, the remaining portion that was not immediately eaten was rubbed down with salt to retard the rotting process. Light was used to see in the darkness; to reveal and expose that which was hidden by darkness; it also was instrumental in growth and good health. This is the effect that a disciple’s (Christian’s) life is to have on their culture as they give themselves to following and obeying Christ and His Word. When a follower of Christ lives their life in this way the spread of sin and it’s affect in society is slowed and exposed for what it is. Unfortunately much of what is known as the “Church” is not living their lives in obedience to the Christ and His Word thus the world is sinking deeper and deeper into depravity. This is true especially in America as the church has rejected the Word of God for the words of men which basically makes man the center of the message rather than Christ and makes Christ out to be nothing more than a type of genie existing for man’s happiness and success; making the church no different than the world.

Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or ccalpinemac@gmail.com


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“Excellence and good leadership is the result of caring more than others think is wise.” Thank you Dee for caring so much about all of our communities. You produced a newspaper that captured the heart and soul of all of our organizations and promoted the activities and events that we produced. Your newspaper was a key ingredient to our success! We wish you joy and happiness as you retire.


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he San Diego State men’s basketball team will face Duke in its first game of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 19, inside Lahaina Civic Center at 2 p.m. on ESPN2. “We are excited to return to the premier college basketball tournament in the country, the Maui Invitational,” head coach Brian Dutcher said. “This year’s field is one of the best in recent memory and will test us as we prepare for the rigors of the Mountain West. We fell two points short in our quest to win the tournament back in 2014 and are looking forward to competing this season against some of the best teams in the nation.” The Aztecs, depending on their quarterfinal outcome, will face either Auburn or Xavier, which will also take place on Nov. 19. On the other side of the bracket, Arizona will go toe-to-toe with Iowa State, while Gonzaga and Illinois close out first-day action. SDSU will be making its fourth trip to the annual tournament and first since 2014 when it advanced to the aforementioned championship game. That season, the Aztecs defeated Brigham Young and Pittsburgh before falling to Arizona. The SDSU-Duke matchup will be the third in the alltime series with the Blue Devils emerging victorious the previous two meetings. The schools last shared the hardwood in Charlotte, N.C.in the round of 32 at the 2015 NCAA tournament. Dutcher has been on the sideline as an assistant coach for a number of clashes against the Blue Devils. The second-year head coach has been on the winning end of those games four times, but has yet to defeat Duke in two tries while with the Aztecs. The Blue Devils last season finished with a 29-8 record and fell to Kansas in the Elite Eight. Duke was ranked ninth in the final AP Top 25 Poll and fourth in the USA Today Coaches Poll. For more information, visit goaztecs.com

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Speaking of good intentions

ood intentions got me here. Right here. I’m going to do some medi/health speak now, which is totally against the grain for me, but bear with me and we’ll get to the fun stuff. “Here” is me teetering on the wrong side of the bloodlines—the line that separates those with too much cholesterol from those with just the right amount and also the line that separates those with too much sweet stuff, a.k.a. sugar, in their blood from those with the recommended—lower, of course—sugar count. My good intentions were to exercise more, to start eating lots of icky vegetables—I don’t even like salads—and last and worst, to stop with the sweets and cholesterolladen foods like cheeses and Dairy Queen cones and butter and all that good stuff. Oh yes, more fish, too. I’ve never been addicted to steaks and burgers so I’m okay on the red meat thing. So that’s the medi/health speak. When I saw the blood test results I knew I had to man up. My good intentions had been lying around, waiting for a good kick in the rear. This was it. Time for action. And that calls for a plan. The plan was obvious—see

the good intentions above— but to stick to a plan, you have to have motivation. I like to make a good impression on people so the best motivation would come from outside. And being goal-oriented— until I retired and gave all that up—I would need a goal so I set myself a target date of three months, with a blood test at the end to grade the results. Asking my doctor for the blood test took care of the outside motivation. His nurse, Diane, was happy to schedule it for me, so that’s two people to motivate me. Plus you guys, of course. Somehow I’m gonna have to come to love vegetables. And exercise. And fish. And hate sweets? Not likely. . . Today is the—wow! It’s been a week and a half. Time flies when you’re— um, having fun? So far I’ve discovered that salmon isn’t half bad and the garlicky string beans at Applebee’s are pretty darn tasty. Sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, lightly salted, make a good snack. I used to like peas cold out of the can and lucky for me, I still do. There are more fish on the menus than I ever paid attention to, and walking around and around the pool in the backyard to the tune of a five-minute timer isn’t a bad way to enjoy an evening under the stars or a cool morning before the heat rises.

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin CEO of BGCEC. “Our dream will soon become a reality, but none of it would have been possible without a dedicated commitment and participation by our local community,” The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, said Higgins. “It’s a textbook example of community a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, collaboration. I can’t emphasize enough how much the is now presenting its Summer Art Exhibit showcasing 23 community’s support has made a difference and played oil paintings created in a collaborative process by seniors such an important role in building a new standalone and disabled adults living at Del Cerro Manor, a private clubhouse that will serve children for generations to residential care facility for the elderly in San Diego. The come.” The new 26,000-square-foot clubhouse, largest of exhibit runs through September. The exhibit was organized the six BGCEC facilities in the East County, is located past a by San Diego resident Linda Bounds, artist, educator, sports field on the west end of the La Mesa Arts Academy and founder of New StARTs, a multi-sensory art program (LMAAC), previously known as La Mesa Middle School. A that helps seniors and disabled adults transcend severe capital campaign launched in 2012 has raised about $9.4 impairment, disability and isolation. Founded in 2007, New million, which included $3 million from La Mesa residents StARTs reaches out to individuals facing the challenge of Ron and Mary Alice Brady, owners of the Brady Companies, elderly life, as well as those facing debilitating emotional, a construction firm, and another $3 million from the estate neurological and physical conditions. Admission to the of the late Eleni and Wolfgang Gagon of San Diego, who Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Summer were real estate investors. Groundbreaking ceremonies for Art Exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours, the facility were held in July 2017. which are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to Norbergs begin 13th year with Keller 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, and from 8 a.m. Williams in El Cajon to noon on Saturdays. For more information, phone (619) Real estate sales agents Dave and Kim Norberg of El 825-5010 or visit www.herricklibrary.org. Cajon recently marked the start of their 13th year with Keller BGCEC Brady Family Clubhouse in La Williams Realty San Diego East Foothills office in El Cajon. The Mesa to open this fall Norbergs, who live in El Cajon, joined Keller Williams Realty in Construction is nearing completion in La Mesa on the July 2006, and have been among the office’s top producers newest clubhouse to be operated by Boys and Girls Clubs ever since. The husband-and-wife sales team has typically of East County (BGCEC). The new Brady Family Clubhouse sold from 75 to 100 homes annually over the past 10 years. will house the Gagon Academy, a state-of-the-art learning With extensive experience in sales training and management, center and homework room, as well as the Bill Walton Dave’s real estate career has included a 17-year stint as a Gymnasium. Opening day is expected sometime in late real estate sales coach for top producers across the nation. September or early October, according to Forrest Higgins, They relocated to San Diego from Minnesota 33 years ago and

La Mesa health library’s art exhibit features paintings by seniors and disabled adults

4smbrks@gmail.com The five-minute timer gets a workout because I keep resetting it to keep me going. Somehow that little beeper going off after five minutes makes me feel accomplished and I reset it. Just five more minutes, I say. I can do that. Another five minutes, I can do that. . . I’ve even been spending a little time with the weights that have been sitting idle, waiting for some action. I’ve met Mars and Jupiter in my nighttime walks around the pool. The moon is probably laughing at me and I’m ever so glad for the fence around the yard that keeps my neighbors from seeing me going round and round. With all this, an unexpected benefit greets me from the scale—I’m losing a few of those pounds I’ve been trying to get rid of for years. Good intentions. . . got me nowhere. The plan. . . we’ll see.

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have been selling real estate since 1989. In their spare time, they enjoy traveling on fishing expeditions to favorite locations. Recently, they have visited Alaska, Louisiana and Minnesota, as well as Canada to fish for walleye pike, bass, sunfish, bull redfish and crappie. They lived in Jamul for 17 years before moving to a home in El Cajon.

K-Mart in Spring Valley is closing

The K-Mart store in Spring Valley, 935 Sweetwater Road, is among 46 unprofitable outlets that have begun closeout sales, according to an announcement from parent Sears Holding Corp. Five stores in California, including the Spring Valley location, are among 12 K-Mart and 33 Sears stores slated to close by November. The other California K-Mart closures are in Los Angeles, Antioch and Clovis, as well as a Sears in Santa Cruz. “We continue to evaluate our network of stores, which is a critical component to our integrated retail transformation, and will make further adjustments as needed,” the company said in a statement.

Orchard Supply Hardware stores closing

All Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) stores, including the San Carlos outlet at 8780 Navajo Road, San Diego, will shut down by the end of the year. Store liquidation clearance sales have begun. The chain, also known as OSH, has 99 locations in California, Oregon and Florida. The move comes five years after Lowe’s bought most OSH stores out of bankruptcy following an ill-fated spinoff from the chain’s former owner, Sears Holdings Corp. OSH was founded in San Jose in 1931 and bought by Lowe’s in 2013. OSH stores are smaller, about one-third the size of a typical Lowe’s, and known for hands-on customer service. Lowe’s, Home Depot and Midwestern chain Menard’s together control more than 80 percent of the hardware and home-improvement market.


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